It's true that arcades were places of escape that took us to new realms via sensory doorways accessed through a vector/raster screen. And it's true that they taught us that the universe of technology and our desire to discover what lies beyond it was pre-installed stock in ourselves by a force we already recognized as "wonder"; and, yes, it's undoubtedly true that we unlocked a star-field of possibilities within ourselves for the price of a single quarter. Oh, yes, arcades were places of light and love. But like everywhere else on this planet of apes sometimes the darkness rolls in on freeplay.
I always dread explaining the plot of The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters (2007) to people who haven't seen it or heard of it before. The reason being is, the documentary/mockumentary created by producer, Seth Gordon and directed by Ed Cunningham about Twin Galaxies and competitive Donkey Kong playing, is one hot mess of creative fabrications (by … Continue reading King of Kong 2006 Secret Life Rights Docs Reveal Collusion: Co Star Roy “Mr. Awesome” Shildt Barred From Future Profit?
Details are still emerging, but the premise of the dispute on Billy Mitchell's record is fascinating and the evidence against its legitimacy compelling in that the story contains the kind of weirdness one has come to expect from Twin Galaxies scoreboard shenanigans.
For this is a tragedy. For him. For classic gaming. For Twin Galaxies. For everyone. We didn't need this. And as angry as it makes me that he lied to us all, in the end we all lied to each other, too, by going along with the charade for as long as we did, when we all knew something was wrong. Some of us for years. We knew, just as we know other "iconic champions" aren't champions at all. They cheated just the same and have been exalted as "legends" and "Kings" even though most of us know damned well that their stories are 100% manufactured.
For days it laid face down in the rain, kicked to the curb on a street in Albia, Iowa, a mere 22 miles from Walter Day's arcade-famous city of Ottumwa, the very same arcade featured in many films and documentaries. A seemingly tragic end to a game that had once taken the world by storm … Continue reading ZAXXON RISING: One Man’s Quest To Save One of The Most Under-Appreciated Games in America